Yep! He’s fired! Harrison Wright died in the finale. Columbus issued a statement today, “At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble in television today. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast.”
You can’t work for a female boss and get a pass on beating the shit out of your wife on the regular.
Those of us who watch Scandal have been wondering about Columbus Short and his character’s future on the show. Short plays Harrison Wright a fairly articulate Senior Associate at Olivia Pope & Associates. In the beginning he was a major focus of the show and an integral part of the agency. In season three, we’ve seen his face time dwindle considerably and noticed that Abbey may be being groomed to take over his position as Senior Associate. Last night, on Scandal, Poppa Pope had a gun to Harrison’s head leaving things open to the possibility of Harrison getting killed off.
It seems the reason for all the uncertainty in Short’s character’s plotline has to do with some issues going on in his real life. None of them are pretty. If you want to still enjoy him on Scandal, you should stop reading now. You’ve been warned.
Who knows how long Columbus Short has had some sort of anger issues but we first found out about them on February 3rd when his wife, Tanee reported to police that Columbus woke her up and choked her before chasing her around the house and threatening her. He was arrested for spousal battery and child abuse because this all went down in front of his two kids ages 2 and 10. Just over two weeks later, on February 18th, there was another violent incident where Columbus broke her phone. He was arrested again.
On March 15th, Columbus was at a bar to celebrate a family member’s engagement. As the story goes, someone else attending the event said something about Tanee to Columbus and he went nuts on the guy beating him unconscious. He was arrested, but the victim later refused to press charges because he is either a family member or a friend of the family. He is attempting to reach a settlement outside of court for his extensive medical expenses.
On March 26th, Columbus and Tanee were spotted out with the kids acting like everything was forgiven.
Things really escalated on April 7th, Columbus allegedly threatened to hit Tanee over the head with a wine bottle after dumping the contents over her head, according to court documents. Tanee says that he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and pinned her on the couch and began to choke her. Tanee alleges that Columbus placed the knife close to her neck and threatened to kill her and then kill himself. Later in the documents she claims that Columbus demanded they play a game he called Truth or Truth where Columbus would state names of people they knew and demand she admit to having an affair with them. Tanee claims Columbus stabbed the couch each time she denied an affair. Tanee was able to flee the scene with her two-year old but soon realized her tires had been slashed.
Last Tuesday, Tanee filed for and received a restraining order keeping Columbus way from her and their two-year old daughter. Columbus has a ten-year old son from a previous marriage. She has also filed for divorce.
Meanwhile, Columbus has been hosting Scandal Finale parties and releasing a single. TMZ caught up with him last night and it seemed he did not have a care in the world, although he did not want to address his wife’s accusation, or his future with the show. He clearly is a good actor because there was no sign of Harrison Wright, just some thuggish dude trying to fake some swag.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that we won’t see Harrison Wright alive when season four of Scandal premieres. Shonda Rimes does not play when it comes to negative press for the show. His scenes started to peter out at exactly the time all of this criminal behavior started. I for one am no longer interested in him. If I want to see criminals on my TV, I’ll watch a housewives show. I don’t think even Olivia Pope can fix the damage Columbus Short has done to his family and career in a few short months.